Schneck, Klingele exit early in state tennis tourney, eye senior season
After being paired up only two weeks prior to the boys state tennis tournament, hopes weren’t high for the Bonner Springs doubles team of Quinton Schneck and Jack Klingele.
BSHS tennis coach Bill Scott said he “threw the team together at the last minute” after the duo performed well at a couple tournaments earlier this season. The duo defeated Atchison High School’s doubles team to make it to the semifinals of the regional double bracket and were assured a state berth.
“It wasn’t like we were going into state to win, we were just kind of the underdog,” Schneck said. “While it would have been awesome to be able to get a higher place, it just wasn’t expected.”
At the end of the day, qualifying to compete in the Class 4A tournament at Wichita Collegiate this past weekend was all that mattered to the junior athletes.
“We just wanted to see what we could do,” Schneck said. “You always want to go far and like do as good as you can and maybe make a couple of upsets and place higher, but at the end you look back and realize even though you didn’t get that far you are just glad you got to go.”
Schneck and Klingele met a doubles team from Pittsburg — which went on to place ninth overall — on Friday in the first round and loss in two sets, 6-2 and 6-4.
“At the beginning, we were doing good but I don’t know what happened because we became inconsistent and couldn’t make our shots,” Klingele said.
The pair faced Fort Scott in the consolation bracket, but after leading 2-0, Fort Scott’s team went on to take the set, 9-3.
“It didn't surprise me because when they saw our weaknesses they picked on them,“ Scott said. “Both guys were disappointed because we wanted to win at least one and survive to Saturday.”
In his second year playing tennis and first year as a varsity player, Klingele’s lack of experience and the lack of cohesiveness between the players contributed to the short weekend.
“He (Klingele) does the best he can but he just isn’t ready for the really tough competition,“ Scott said.
BSHS assistant coach B.J. Congleton said the competition at state is on “a whole different level” than what the boys were used to and gave them an idea of what to work on if BSHS wants to compete next year.
“We found out how much work we still have … and it was an eye-opener for both of the guys to see tennis played at such a high level,” Congleton said. “Hopefully they will put in some work in the offseason and put together a nice senior season next year.”
Schneck was a state qualifier with Spencer Bush last season and said it has been difficult to replace his former partner since he graduated.
“I had a partner who I played with all last year and we had a undefeated record, so this year it has been trying getting thrown together two weeks before state,” he said. “I think since we haven’t played together that much that kind of hurt us a little.”
After his team’s performance, Schneck said he’s been considering whether or not he wants to concentrate on singles or continue working as a doubles team next season. He sounded confident that he and Klingele could make it to state next year as a duo and have more success but he also desires to play tennis at the collegiate level.
“Either I take a risk or just do good,” he said. “We’ll see how next season goes because I have a little confidence going into it and I’m down to miss some school and have some fun.”